Mark Andrews shares some reflections and feedback from the recent inspiring, refreshing, challenging, encouraging - even life-changing - Pioneer Conference.
The conference this year was held in partnership with New Ground - one of the other families of churches (spheres) we are connected with in Newfrontiers. This was really breaking new ground, for two of the Newfrontiers to collaborate in this way and Maurice and Dave Holden (the leader of New Ground) were very encouraged with the result. They felt the partnership worked well because it had a focused theme (church planting) and looked at some of our shared values - things from the Newfrontiers DNA that we all hold dear.
One huge benefit of being cross-spheres was the opportunity for pioneers from across the world to meet and connect with a wider range of church planters. One delegate wrote on their feedback form that it was “a great place to get inspired by others who are pioneering in lots of different places.”
There was a real sense that God was in control and was bringing through themes and words that were what people needed to hear.
An added bonus of holding the conference in Malaga was that the Spanish culture works so well for this kind of conference: the meals are 9pm onwards, so you can have sessions all through the day then enjoy the alfresco dining that goes on into the evening. It was really refreshing for many church planters.
We asked people on their feedback forms to tell us what they would say to someone who might be thinking of coming next time. Here are just a few of the replies:
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